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September 8th, 2009

The Boston Review releases Victor and Morse's "Living With Coal"

Op-ed: The Boston Review on September 9, 2009

David Victor and Richard Morse explain why coal, the world's fastest growing fossil fuel and leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, is here to stay and how climate policy can tackle this problem. Their piece is also featured in Engineering World's October/November 2009 issue.




December 9th, 2008

Study on South African free basic electricity allowance reveals shift in demand

PESD affiliates Stephen Davis, Alison Hughes, and Kate Louw publish findings on the impacts of the free basic electricity program in two small rural towns in South Africa. +PDF+
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September 23rd, 2008

Why the peak oil debate misses the point in an NOC-dominated world

Op-ed: Encina Columns Summer '08

As oil prices surge through $140/barrel at the time of writing, surely one can at least count on the invisible hand of the market to drive further exploration and production and ultimately bring more supplies on line, right? Or perhaps, more ominously, high oil prices presage a darker future of shortage and conflict as global oil fields pass their geological "peak"? In fact, both positions miss a crucial point about the dynamics of the world oil market -- that it is increasingly animated by the counterintuitive behavior of the state-owned oil and gas giants that now control the vast majority of the world's hydrocarbon resources. Read more »



September 19th, 2008

PESD affiliates review history and application of standard model for power sector reform

in the news: Energy Policy on October 1, 2008

University of Cape Town and PESD affiliates Katharine Nawaal and Anton Eberhard examine how and why the standard model for power sector reform failed to be widely adopted by developing countries. The authors use Tanzania as a case study. They conclude by characterizing the emergence of hybrid power markets.




August 12th, 2008

Victor Pulls Back the Curtain; OPEC is No Wizard of the Oil Markets

Op-ed: Newsweek on August 1, 2008

In a climate of extremely volatile energy prices, OPEC is taking directions from the market, not calling the shots. David Victor's analysis of OPEC's price targets and quotas illuminate the cartel's diminished influence.




February 22nd, 2008

South Africa's Electricity Crisis

South Africa's power grid is in crisis. Leading South African gold and platinum mines stopped production in late January, and blackouts are endemic. No end is in sight, and the shortages have spilled over to the neighboring countries Botswana and Namibia. Check out a thorough preview of the crisis in an early essay by PESD collaborator, Anton Eberhard, former electricity regulator and an expert on power at the University of Cape Town, Political Economy of Power Sector Reform in South Africa. Professor Eberhard was also recently quoted in a detailed commentary at the New York Times. Read more »



August 27th, 2007

South African research affiliate quoted in NYTimes on sub-Saharan electricity

in the news: New York Times on July 29, 2007

Anton Eberhard is quoted in an article describing the stressed grids of countries in Africa where blackouts are common and impede development, according to the World Bank. Read more »




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